Thursday, November 21

Brown County Offers Train Rides, Santa, Victorian Carolers for Christmas 2013

Okay, I love Brown County (like most peoplee). However, I had no idea until this year they offer cool Christmas things to do. Normally I head down in the Autumn, hit the neat little shop on the left (as you're coming into town) called Holly Shop, and wander about, sipping cider, traipsing through the trails at the state park and shopping (naturally). After that, I wait until Spring to return. But this year? Maybe it's time to head down in November or December.

The Village of Nashville is going old-fashioned with strolling Victorian-costumed carolers, the Little Nashville Express Train and visits with Santa and his elves, and a live nativity scene. Hot chocolate, cookies, caroling and the official lighting of Santa’s tree happens the first weekend of festivities. After that, every weekend is filled with holiday thappenings.

Things to do include: face painting with Santa, the Christmas Light Parade, gingerbread creations, holiday shows, sing-a-longs and victorian candlelight dinners.

Christmas in Brown County Activities
Kick-off Weekend is November 29 – December 1

Gingerbread Competition & Exhibit

November 24 - December 14
8 am-11 pm daily
This exhibit pays tribute to the log cabins of Brown County while challenging participants to
combine their culinary skills with architectural design to create extraordinary works of art.
Location: Brown County Inn

Little Nashville Express Train Rides
November 23 – December 14
See the Village! Board the Express Train for a fun and free ride.
Nov. 23-24, 29-30: Noon-7 pm; Dec. 1: Noon-5 pm; Dec. 7, 14: Noon-6 pm

Visitors Center Holiday Open House
Nov. 29
Join the Visitors Center as they welcome Santa and kick off the holiday season by lighting up
Santa’s Tree. Free hot chocolate and cookies. Open House and visits with Santa 2 pm-6 pm
Location: Visitors Center Patio

Santa Sightings
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Bring the family and visit with Santa Thanksgiving weekend.
Friday 2 pm–6 pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm; Sunday Noon-4 pm. Location: Visitors Center Patio

Strolling Carolers
Nov. 29-Dec. 1
Enjoy a holiday song from strolling carolers in the Village
Friday 2 pm–6 pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm; Sunday Noon-4 pm.

Live Nativity Scene
Nov. 30
Enjoy live nativity scenes throughout the Village of Nashville from 1 pm-3 pm.
Final scenes will end at the corner of Mound Street and North Van Buren Street by the Holly Shop.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on,, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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